This cigarette case was given to my German grandmother after WW2 by The British Red Cross, five years after she learned of her husband's disappearance in the war.
My grandfather Karl, carried this case with him wherever he went. It is made from a single piece for wood and shows how much smaller cigarettes used to be.
This object was found on his body alongside other artifacts and sent back to his family. My grandmother Rosemary, was forever grateful to the charity for returning her husband's belongings after so much time had passed with no news. As the war came to a close and Germany lay defeated, she was left to flee from the Russians, finally settling near Hanover with five daughters.
My mother later went on to marry my father, a British Serviceman stationed in Germany.